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Notes: Duke 66, Syracuse 60
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/22/2014
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Duke 66, Syracuse 60

Team Notes:
•    Duke beat the nation’s No. 1 team for the sixth time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the fifth time in the past nine meetings. Duke is 6-11 under Coach K against the nation’s top-ranked team and 5-4 in the past nine meetings.
•    Duke faced Syracuse on just one day’s rest, marking the sixth time this season Duke has faced a team with just one full off day between games. Duke is 4-2 in those games.
•    The game was Syracuse’s first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
•    Duke extended its homecourt win streak to 31 games, the longest active streak in the nation. Duke is 15-0 in Cameron Indoor Stadium this season after finishing 16-0 on Coach K Court in 2012-13.
•    Duke shot .479 (23-of-48) from the field against Syracuse for the second-highest field goal percentage against the Orange this season. Only Boston College, which shot .500 (17-of-34) in a 69-59 loss on Jan. 13, 2014, shot better against Syracuse this season.
•    The efficient performance from the field allowed Duke to survive a free throw percentage of .520 (13-of-25), the team’s second lowest mark of the season. Duke is shooting .526 (30-of-57) from the line over the past three games after shooting .744 (447-of-601) over the first 25 games.
•    Duke has lost back-to-back games just once since the start of the 2009-10 season and is 25-1 following a loss during that span.
•    Duke entered halftime tied 26-26, marking Duke’s second first-half tie this season. Duke has trailed at the half just once all season.
•    Duke played its 246th consecutive game as a ranked team. The Blue Devils are 204-42 (.829) during that run, which began at the start of the 2007-08 season.

Player Notes:

Quinn Cook
•    Scored all nine of his points in the second half, rebounding from a scoreless first half to post a second-half line of nine points, 2-of-6 shooting from three-point range, 3-of-4 from the free throw line, one assist and zero turnovers in 15 minutes.
•    Hit a three-pointer in the 25th game this season, Duke’s second-most games with a trey behind only Rodney Hood (27).
•    Did not commit a single turnover in 23 minutes of play. Cook has gone without a turnover in four of his past seven games and averages just 1.0 turnover per game during that stretch.

Rodney Hood
•    Scored 13 points for his 22nd double-figure scoring game of the season. Hood hit 6-of-15 field goals and 1-of-6 three-pointers.
•    Hit a three-pointer in the 25th straight game, the longest active streak on the team. Hood is shooting .436 (58-of-133) from three-point range this season, the second-best clip in the ACC behind only teammate Andre Dawkins’ .453 (58-of-128) percentage.
•    Played turnover-free basketball for all 37 minutes, finishing with two assists without a giveaway.
•    Grabbed seven rebounds, his second-most boards since Duke began ACC play.
•    Took Syracuse leading scorer C.J. Fair as his primary assignment and held the 6-8 senior to 12 points while forcing four turnovers. Fair, who scored 28 points in the last meeting against the Blue Devils, went scoreless over the final 7:15.
•    Took a game-clinching charge on Fair with 11 seconds left in the game, forcing a turnover with Duke ahead 60-58.

Jabari Parker
•    Logged his fourth double-double in the past five games and his 11th such game of the season, finishing with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Parker has seven double-doubles in his past 10 games and ranks third on Duke’s freshman double-double chart. He also ranks third with 11 double-figure rebounding games.
•    Extended a streak of 11 consecutive double-figure scoring games. Parker has scored in double figures in 26 of Duke’s 28 games, the seventh most by a Duke freshman. His 26 double-figure scoring games are the most by a Duke freshman since Austin Rivers logged 30 in 2011-12.
•    Hit at least six field goals for the eighth straight game, his longest such streak since he opened the season with 12 straight games of 6+ field goals.  Parker shot 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point range.
•    Scored 11 of his 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the second half.
•    Grabbed four offensive rebounds that led to seven Duke points.
•    Committed four turnovers in the first 14 minutes of the game but just one turnover in the final 24.

Marshall Plumlee
•    In 19 minutes, contributed four points on 2-of-2 shooting, five rebounds, three blocks and one assist. The three blocks were a career high.
•    In his first 2:51 of the game, contributed four points, three rebounds – including two offensive – and one block.

Rasheed Sulaimon
•    Scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and dished out seven assists that led to 17 Duke points. Three of Sulaimon’s assists led to three-pointers.
•    Over Duke’s past 12 games, Sulaimon leads Duke with 45 assists, averaging 2.4 assists per game with a 2.37 assist-to-turnover ratio.
•    Committed just two turnovers in 36 minutes of play.

Tyler Thornton
•    Started and contributed eight points for his second-highest scoring output of the season, trailing only the nine points he scored in Duke’s first meeting with Syracuse.
•    Scored six of his eight points in the second half.
•    Played turnover-free basketball in the second half while hitting his lone field goal attempt (a three) and 3-of-4 free throws.
•    Logged his team-leading fifth game this season with at least three steals. Duke is 5-0 when Thornton logs at least three steals.